Institute of Medicine GULF WAR AND HEALTH: VOLUME 10: UPDATE OF HEALTH EFFECTS OF SERVING IN THE GULF WAR, 2016

The Institute of Medicine has released an update regarding serving in the Gulf War, Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance send our warm wishes out to all Gulf War Veterans who are fighting for health answers like so many of our own loved ones.

GULF WAR AND HEALTH: VOLUME 10: UPDATE OF HEALTH EFFECTS OF SERVING IN THE GULF WAR, 2016

SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF A CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP
• Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF AN ASSOCIATION
• Generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and substance abuse (particularly alcohol abuse)
• Gastrointestinal symptoms consistent with functional gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel
syndrome and functional dyspepsia
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Gulf War illness

LIMITED/SUGGESTIVE EVIDENCE OF AN ASSOCIATION
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
• Fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain
• Self-reported sexual difficulties

INADEQUATE/INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO DETERMINE WHETHER AN ASSOCIATION EXISTS
• Any cancer
• Cardiovascular conditions or conditions of the blood and blood-forming organs
• Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic conditions
• Neurodegenerative diseases other than ALS and multiple sclerosis
• Neurocognitive and neurobehavioral performance
• Migraines and other headache disorders
• Other neurologic outcomes
• Respiratory diseases
• Structural gastrointestinal diseases
• Chronic skin conditions
• Musculoskeletal system diseases
• Genitourinary conditions
• Specific birth defects
• Adverse pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth, and low birth weight
• Fertility problems
• Increased mortality from any cancer, any neurologic disease (including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease,
Parkinson’s disease, and ALS), respiratory disease, or gastrointestinal disease

INADEQUATE/INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO DETERMINE WHETHER AN ASSOCIATION EXISTS

• Any cancer
• Cardiovascular conditions or conditions of the blood and blood-forming organs
• Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic conditions
• Neurodegenerative diseases other than ALS and multiple sclerosis
• Neurocognitive and neurobehavioral performance
• Migraines and other headache disorders
• Other neurologic outcomes
• Respiratory diseases
• Structural gastrointestinal diseases
• Chronic skin conditions
• Musculoskeletal system diseases
• Genitourinary conditions
• Specific birth defects
• Adverse pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth, and low birth weight
• Fertility problems
• Increased mortality from any cancer, any neurologic disease (including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease,
Parkinson’s disease, and ALS), respiratory disease, or gastrointestinal disease

LIMITED/SUGGESTIVE EVIDENCE OF NO ASSOCIATION
• Objective measures of peripheral neurologic conditions
• Multiple sclerosis
• Mortality from cardiovascular disease or parasitic diseases
• Decreased lung function
• Mortality due to mechanical trauma or other external causes

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